“I told our guys you could tell there was an expectation level by those guys on that football field that they were not going to be denied. The thing we’re trying to build right now is that same level of expectation every time we take the court.”
Nussmeier replaces Jim McElwain, who took the head coaching job at Colorado State, while Thompson replaces Sal Sunseri, who left to become defensive coordinator at Tennessee. Both hires were first reported earlier in the week.
“We are pleased and happy to have Lance join our staff,” said Saban. “He has worked for us previously and has always done an outstanding job with all of the aspects that go into being an assistant coach. Lance knows our system on defense well, and he does a great job of communicating that information to the players.”
“We are excited to have Doug as our new offensive coordinator at Alabama,” said head coach Nick Saban. “Not only does he have a good deal of experience as a coach and a player both at the college and NFL level, but he also brings a great passion for the game and a lot of energy and enthusiasm.”
The University of Michigan Athletic Ticket Office will begin taking orders for tickets to the 2012 football season opener against defending national champion Alabama over the course of the next month. The Cowboys Classic against the Crimson Tide will be played on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The Alabama gymnastics team will go on the road for the first time in the 2012 season for a quad meet in State College, Pennsylvania. Besides the Nittany Lions, the Crimson Tide will compete against the Michigan State Spartans and the Cornell Big Red.
At this point, Alabama is in a good position for an NCAA Tournament berth, with all four of their losses coming against teams projected to make the Tournament according to ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. Vanderbilt is currently projected as a #4 seed in his latest bracketology, so this could serve as a big win for the Tide if they are able to defend their home court.
With 26 players currently expected to sign with the Tide on February 1st, Alabama’s 2012 class is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation according to 247Sports.com and Alabama is expected to accept at least one more commitment before Signing Day, according to BamaOnline recruiting analyst Tim Watts.
It sounds like Taylor’s circle of trusted advisors didn’t quite know what to make of Nick Saban’s offer of a 2013 scholarship instead of a 2012, either. However, Taylor’s apparently being empowered by all the attention his story is bringing.
While Alabama (13-4, 2-1 SEC) may get the most attention for its football program, the Tide’s basketball team has quietly become a force to be reckoned with. Stockpiled with quick, athletic guards and forwards, the Crimson Tide has the ability to create steals and get out in transition within a split second to convert punishing fast breaks.